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SCI Celebrates World’s Greatest Hunters’ Convention

and Wildlife Conservation

February 2014

 

 

The 42nd Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada once again proved why it’s the biggest and best hunting convention in the world.

Over 22,500 SCI Members from 100 countries, exhibitors and members of the press converged on Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate hunting and raise money for Safari Club International. For over 4,000 attendees, it was their first SCI Convention.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to see over 1,100 exhibitors from around the world to book hunts and shop from a wide variety of hunting products.

During the four-day convention, members who attended were able to see the finest wildlife taxidermy work in the world displayed in a variety of settings throughout the show floor and in booths. Wildlife artwork by the world’s most renowned wildlife artists was on display in a number of booths set up as simulated art galleries. Not only were there thousands of pieces of original art on display, but the artists who created the work were there to visit and meet with attendees and those interested in purchasing a unique piece of art.

Firearms from gun companies all over the world were on display and included many custom gun makers who will build rifles and shotguns to the detailed specifications of the customer. Some firearms exhibitors featured workers actually building a gun right in the booth. Attendees were treated to a unique opportunity to see wood and metal come together to produce a fine custom firearm.

Attendees interested in learning more about a number of subjects attended a variety of seminars each day that included everything from trophy preparation to getting ready for your first African safari.  Seminars were presented by experts in their fields who were more than willing to share their knowledge and answer questions from seminar participants.

Thousands of hunts were booked all over the world and SCI members took advantage of the wide variety of outfitters who offer unique and exciting hunts. Having so many top notch outfitters in one area made shopping for the perfect hunt very easy.

“The 2014 SCI Convention was another shining example of why SCI is so important to the hunting community worldwide,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “Hunters came to celebrate our passion of hunting while at the same time to raise money to fund conservation efforts, promote sustainable hunting and ensure our rights as outdoorsman are protected.

The daily, evening and silent auctions which ran every day of the convention were filled with hunts, firearms, artwork, jewelry and other products up for sale to the highest bidder. Auctions raised money to support SCI and the SCI Foundation in its efforts to protect and promote conservation and hunting.

Notable auction items included a 5-day Vancouver Island Black Bear Hunt for One Hunter – Guided by Jim Shockey, and donated by Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventure that sold for $28,000. Rigby donated a Rigby London Best model in .416 Rigby valued at $48,300, sold for $51,000 and a 5-day Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch Coveted First Week of the Season Hunt sold for $15,000.

The total gross revenue for the 2014 SCI convention was $15.5 million. These funds will go directly to support hunter advocacy and wildlife conservation. Funds raised will also support the Safari Club International’s Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) which helps protect hunter’s rights and ensure hunting access for future generations.

Notable attendees included world renowned hunting experts Craig Boddington and Jim Shockey. Congressman Bob Latta (OH) was SCI’s Federal Legislator of the Year and he attended along with Representatives Ken Calvert (CA), Steve Daines (MT), Jeff Duncan (SC), Renee Ellmers (NC), Billy Long (MO), Steve Palazzo (MS), and Steve Stockman (TX). Canadian Member of Parliament Garry Breitkruez was SCI’s International Legislator of the Year for 2014. The Director General Zhang Xiwu of China’s Wildlife Department attended for the first time with staff from his department. Mr. Carvalho Muaria, Minister of Tourism of Mozambique, attended meetings along with Edson Chidziya, Acting Director General for Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife. The Honorable Martin Andjaba, Ambassador to the U.S. from Namibia, was joined by his colleague Elly Hamunyela, Deputy Director of Natural Resources Management for the Ministry of Environment & Tourism for the week. Additional government representatives from Congo, Tanzania and South Africa joined in daily meetings to discuss sustainable wildlife management in Africa.

The 42nd SCI Annual Hunters convention was a celebration of hunting and conservation. Money raised will help ensure sound conservation efforts and protection of hunters’ rights. No other group in the world delivers the hunting and conservation message as well and as strongly as SCI.

Safari Club International’s 43rd Annual Hunters’ Convention will return to Las Vegas, Nevada, February 4-7, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.


SCI Foundation & Boy Scouts of America Hold 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Shoot

News from Safari Club International:

Tucson, AZ – To help kick off the 42nd Annual Safari Club International Hunter’s Convention, the 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Shoot was held to benefit the SCI Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America. The event took place on February 4, 2014 at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The 2nd Annual Shoot raised more than $40,000 for the SCI Foundation and Boy Scouts of America. Funds raised will help both organizations provide youth more opportunities to be involved in shooting sports.

 

“We split the money 50/50,” said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. “We each take funds back to our regional projects, where the money will make a difference locally. In particular, we support the new programs that target men and women, 13-20 years old.”

 

A total of 84 shooters participated in the 2014 event. They enjoyed a morning of shooting followed by a lunch and awards ceremony.

 

Event sponsors included Krieghoff International and J. Alain Smith, Advocate Sponsor. Winning teams and top individual male and female shooters were honored with plaques.

About Safari Club International Foundation

Since 2000, the SCI Foundation has provided $50 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. Growth of SCI Foundationhas continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. Throughout the world, SCI’s approximately 190 chapters contribute time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international projects.


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